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Older Plug-ins to be Removed from Chrome

Google has declared that it’s installing new software in Google Chrome web browser, which will automatically chunk any plug-ins which is old-fashioned and unsafe to develop browser security. Google declared in its executive Chrome blog, that the move will be towards malware attacks which are targeting structure of browsers, together with plug-ins. (Plug-ins are software components which can be added to browsers to modify how unlike, applications works.

On the basis of Google who is setting up automatic updating of Adobe Flash plug-ins, Google Chrome’s future version will come up with new technology which will block obsolete or out-dated plug-ins and help users for updating, Google said.

How it will work?

Google just updated Chrome with capability to automatically update Adobe Flash plug-in. In the upcoming revision, its browser will achieve power over new plug-ins as well. The outdated plug-ins will be blocked but the option will also be given to support users in updating them. Susceptibilities in plug-ins are amongst the most oppressed security issues. Chrome is having beta developer build channel, therefore it’s most likely that it will surly inform its users before adding any features to the browser. Though, the changes don’t likely to be too disturbing, and the idea is also impressive to automatically update all the plug-ins.

Launching time not decided

Though, Google didn’t disclose any particular date when users might expect to see new feature added. The Chrome will ultimately also have the capability to determine a plug-in is run under doubtful circumstances. When plug-in is hardly ever used, its launch could be sign of malevolent behavior. Chrome might also be capable to note this and notify its user. Any plug-ins which is outdated will be repeatedly blocked by Chrome. This will protect browser from susceptible plug-ins and also make the updating easier.

What are the features loaded with?

Google didn’t give any specifications regarding this feature; apart from saying that it will be a “medium-term,” The browser will also give a warning message when any user is getting ready to run uncommonly used plug-ins.

“Some plug-ins usually installed worldwide but they are not required in today’s Internet experience,” Google said. “For most of the users, every effort to instantiate the plug-ins is doubtful and Google Chrome will notify this to its users.”

Google Chrome previously gives capability to immobilize individual plug-ins or allow plug-ins only which listed on trusted domains and provides automatic update to Adobe Flash Player. Chrome also provides PDF support through an in-house plug-in.

Other players in the market.

Firefox is another web browser available in the market which warns users regarding plug-in feasibility. But Firefox can only verify and immobilize plug-ins; it doesn’t update them automatically like Chrome does. Though, Mozilla has announced that it’s planning to add auto update option to Firefox 4 later this year.

Though, Firefox and Chrome have already updated their security patches, the new changes will Google Chrome, even more secure browser.

“User safety is the most important thing to us as well as threats for our users sourced by plug-ins exterior to our straight control,” said Google. “We are making serious efforts to improve entire web browser’s security for Chrome users.”

Google Chrome 5 Releases Stable Version

For the average Windows user, the news of release of Google Chrome 5 is not a big thing. For Mac and Linux users however, this news is impressive enough to warrant a cruise to Google Chrome’s download page. After all, its claim of monumental browsing speeds and new features is just begging for trial.

After months of adjustments and bug fixing, Google Chrome 5 has gone stable. In its new form, Chrome 5 boasts of having bench marked speed boost, browser synchronization between computers, a more polished bookmark manager, more extensions and HTML5 support. Although this new version does not support Adobe Flash, Chrome promises to integrate this into later versions. Judging by the speed that Chrome developers work on improvements, this might not take long at all.

Speed tests

To mark unprecedented leaps in terms of browser speed, Chrome developers took it upon themselves to showcase their success through a Youtube video. The video features how Chrome’s speed fairs against a potato gun, lightning and the speed of sound. The effort was creative but not that impressive. It would have been probably more impressive was if the browsing speed of Chrome broke the space-time continuum; that would have been some unparalleled speed!

In terms of humanly possible comparative tests, Chrome’s bench marked tests shows an improvement of more than 200% compared to its very first beta on 2008. Chrome is able to load pages instantly by using Webkit open source rendering engine. .

Since Chrome opted for the clean look, some features that most users are used to are missing. Bookmarks can only be opened by pressing Ctrl+Shift+B. When the bookmarks’ window pops up, you have to click Organize to create a new one. Or you can right click at any folder or the list pane of bookmarks itself to add a page. When it comes to bookmarking in Chrome, speed is not really apparent.

A tab is not just a tab

What sets Chrome apart from the regular run of the mill browsers is its GUI. Instead of a toolbar, Chrome has tabs giving it a more clean and uncluttered look. Tabs can be dragged away from the main window, which automatically opens them as a separate window. They can also be pinned by dragging the tab to the extreme left. These tabs can’t be accidentally closed unless a user closes the whole window itself or right clicks and chooses the close tab option. You can change the order of the tabs by simply dragging and releasing the tab to a chosen area of the window.

The improvements on the tabs have also boosted Chrome’s speed. Its Omnibox doubles as the URL area, wherein users can type the URL page directly and as a search bar. Whilst in other browsers a mistyped address would prompt the “page not found” warning, in Chrome it automatically searches for suggestions that are close to the entered page. Users can also type keywords to search for.

When opening a tab, the most visited sites are displayed. At the bottom of these shortcuts are the recently closed tabs. This feature particularly comes in handy when a tab is accidentally closed.

Chrome handles its tabs separately. It means when one tab in a window crashes, the other tabs in the window are not affected.

Chrome is also the only browser of its kind which can automatically translate pages for you without needing extra installations or extensions.


Plug-ins, add-ons or in Chrome-speak, extensions make every user’s browser unique. Each extension speaks of a user’s particular need for his browsing experience. Adding extensions in Chrome opens up a new tab in its window. From there, the user can click on the “get more extensions” link to go to the page, which lists a plethora of extensions. The gallery showcases a list of extensions that can be sorted according to “most popular”, “most recent”, “most rated”, and “featured”.

In Chrome 5, the Incognito or the private browsing mode allows users to choose what extensions to run while browsing. It’s only reasonable that users would still want those extensions even if they are incognito.

HTML5 Capabilities

Although Chrome is still developing support for Adobe Flash, its HTML5 integration allows video playback by using video and audio tags even without the support of additional plug-ins from third parties.

Probably the most interesting integrations come from products developed by Google itself. Gmail for example allow dragging and dropping from your file explorer to your Gmail window for attaching files. Google map’s Geolocation API also utilizes HTML5.


IF you’re planning to migrate to Chrome, it’s very easy to sync your browser preferences. Everything including bookmarks is imported to the Chrome GUI. Imports also include languages, themes, homepage and even your preset zoom.

Bottom Line

Most users used to Firefox’s versatility in personalizing a web browser will get a hard time getting used to Chrome’s complexity. However, if you want something that truly lives up to its claims of speed and stability, Chrome is your best bet.

If you’re already using the beta version, it should auto update. If you’re interest is piqued, download the latest version and try for yourself.

Ultimately, users are judges when it comes to a product’s real relevance to their needs. Some products might work for others, while some might just disappoint and fail in living up to their proclaimed “leaps” in terms of features and services.

Google in Acquisition Frenzy this Quarter

Looks like Google is in an acquisition frenzy this quarter with the company’s procurement of five up and coming small businesses between January and the first week of April. Four of these businesses come from the San Francisco Bay Area and one is based in Seattle. So far, the latest addition to Google’s expansion campaign this year are: Episodic, DocVerse, Picnik, reMail and Aardvark.


Google’s latest acquisition this April 2nd, Episodic becomes the fifth acquisition of Google this year.

Episodic offers its users a platform for hosting on-demand and live streaming video on the Net. Episodic’s platform enables users to view live streaming videos using adaptive video playback mimicking HDTV quality without adding plug-ins. It also allows real-time analytics for monitoring viewership. Users can also monetize their video content by integrating advertisements and commerce in the platform. Content management control is also enabled for the users and any Internet capable device can accept broadcasts from the site.

Formerly owned by Noam Lovinsky, Episodic embraces Google with a team of six employees.


Acquired by Google on March 5th for $25M, DocVerse is the fourth on the list of new companies under its Google’s wings this year.

DocVerse makes it possible for simultaneous access and editing of Microsoft Office Documents in Excel, Power Point and MS word. This will empower Google Doc, Google’s own productivity suite, in terms of online collaborative editing.
DocVerse was founded by Shan Sinha and Alex DeNeui on 2007 and is based in San Francisco, USA.


Purchased by Google on March 1st this year, Picnik is the Google’s 3rd acquisition this year.

Picknik is an online photo-editing service that can import photos directly from your own computer or from other websites such as Flicker, MySpace, FaceBook and Picasa Web Albums. It offers basic photo-editing tools for free and that can be upgraded to more versatile features when you subscribe to their service.

Located at downtown Seattle, Picnik is welcomed to Google with 15 employees.


Acquired by Google on February 17th, reMail is Google’s second company to adopt this year.

reMail is an e-mail application especially designed for iPhone popular for its quick text search of Gmail and IMAP accounts. reMail has announced on its blog that the application has been released as an open source program after Google’s acquisition of the company.
Founder Gabor Cselle will now join the Gmail team as its product manager.


1st on Google’s acquisition for $50M this year, Aardvark became part of the Google enterprise on February 12.
Aardvark is an online social search service that lets your friends and their friends answer your queries. The Aardvark service is available on email, Instant Messenger, Twitter and the iPhone. Users can also use Aardvark’s site to view their answer and question history.

With more than twenty employees the company now operates under Google.

Apparently Google’s appetite for purchasing companies is not yet satiated since CEO Erich Schmidt says they are still planning to acquire at least one company per month for the rest of the year. This might offer some hope for those companies struggling to stay afloat in this difficult times.

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